The Givat Haviva Peace Gallery and the Collaborative Art Center
Through Other Eyes – 2018 Youth:
GETTING OUT OF THE BUBBLE
A Photography Exhibition
Through Other Eyes Is a photography exhibition presenting a unique view from the perspective of a heterogeneous group of young people in the program Through Other Eyes 2018, created moments before these Arab and Jewish peers are to become adults and leaders in Israeli society.
Over the course of the year, the group learned the secrets of photography and the power of a picture to convey a message. They then went out together to their homes and environments, where they were guests in their peers’ homes and got to know each other's families. In each visit to a family, the home and its surroundings became a setting for the group members to photograph.
The exhibition GETTING OUT OF THE BUBBLE presents, through the camera lens, a collection of the group members’ insights, which have been condensed into one central insight about how we live in a bubble and the desire and courage that are required to leave it.
The bubble confines each and every one of us inside our comfortable surroundings, the environment in which we were born and to which we are accustomed. Together, the group members reached the insight that they must pop the bubble and begin to grapple with a truth, which is different from their own, to find a way to cope with difficulty and disagreement, to agree to observe and discuss problems and dilemmas existing in our shared Israeli society.
The cross-cultural encounter demands courage: to leave a place of comfort, to be willing to become acquainted face-to-face with new and different language, culture, tradition and customs and to agree to make new friends, who live right here on the other side of the road, of the social divide. Leaving the Bubble visually illustrates not only the differences but also the similarities and identical places we are in, such as everyone's need to feel equal and to live in equality.
Through this exceptional, shared viewpoint, the presenters enable the viewers, as well, to comprehend what bubble they themselves live in, how threatening it may feel to leave the bubble and at the same time how fascinating, meaningful awakening and even truly enjoyable that can fill!
We invite you, the viewers, to enter this exhibition with an open mind, to take part in the experience and to leave your bubble.
Rama Yazma, Rauf Abu Fani – Program Leaders